an emperor year
So so tired and horrified at the injustice and violence that continues to be targeted at our kindred. I have not had much time to write or share this summer. But the monuments are coming down. The harvest is bountiful. I am healthy and joyful, and I am constantly reminded that we are winning. My recent delights include:
making art with little ones, but not when they turn into zombie-werewolves :(
butterflies landing on comrades at a rally to commemorate freedom square, defund CPD, demand the closing of homan square, and hold vigil for Rekia Boyd and all lives stolen by police
the cool breeze that decided to bless an afternoon yoga nidra practice
What is bringing you delight?
A few months back I shared some thoughts on 2020 as the year of the Emperor in tarot, and ways to create sustainable structure in your life as we bear witness and respond to the crumbling of political and economic foundations that never served the collective.
For any decolonial tarot enthusiasts or practitioners interested in continuing to work with tarot archetypes, I highly recommend tuning into Tarot for the End of Times - a podcast with Sarah Cargill. The episode I'm sharing here is a brilliant interpretation of the Emperor archetype that frames responsibilities of leadership. Below I've listed some of the questions posed to the emperor in the story. Taken with compassion and a reminder that the small is all, these reflections can be useful to bring to the streets, as well as inward to the emperors within ourselves and our own smaller communities and pods, as we navigate creating cultures of care and dissolving systems of surveillance, silence, incarceration, isolation and genocide that pervade the Western world.
Are you prepared to defend and fortify the wellbeing of the collective?
Do you commit to being in service to the lives of all living beings who dwell here? Will you take responsibility and seek swift justice for those whose lives were stolen from the families you have sworn to protect? Do you commit to enacting necessary systemic changes to protect the lives of the most vulnerable so that they may live in a world where they no longer have to experience unjust precariousness, even if it's at the expense of your ego and political ambition?
Do you commit to using your sacred fire with restraint and discernment to protect and serve the collective that has entrusted you with it?
Do you commit to taking responsibility for the failures and misguided choices enacted by your lineage, dead and alive? Will you uplift the legacies that they fought for in the name of justice, and do you commit to righting their wrongs through the choices you make in this lifetime?